Greater Washington Reading Council 2017 Conference

Thursday, October 19 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM [EST]

12777 Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA, United States


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Thursday, October 19 2017, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM [EST]

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Date: Thursday, October 19

Time: 8:30-4:00 PM (Refreshments and Vendors at 8:00AM)


Hyatt Regency Fairfax

12777 Fair Lakes Circle

Fairfax, VA 22033-4903

Keynote Speaker: Kristin Ziemke


Title: Read the World NOW: Literacies for a Digital Culture

Session Description:

With the influx of mobile devices, multimedia websites, e-books, interactive graphics, and social media, there's no question that literacy is changing. But are we adjusting our pedagogy to adopt and adapt literacy instruction to meet the needs of today’s learner?

New devices invite students to read beyond the text and use multimedia--images, video, infographics--to add layers to their thinking. In this new learning landscape, we rethink what it means to “read” and craft lessons that explicitly teach students to analyze a photo, closely read a video clip and read the world. We’ll investigate new entry points for all learners and share ideas for empowering students to author their own messages as content creators in this participatory digital culture.

Presenter Description: Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban school districts. As a teacher of primary age learners in Chicago, Kristin engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Author of Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom and co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning inthe classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, NationalBoard Certified Teacher and Chicago’s 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technologyinnovation. She collaborates with educators around the globe as a staffdeveloper, speaker and writer.

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Conference cancellations received by October 17, 2017 are fully refundable. No refunds can be issued after this date.

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The Greater Washington Reading Council is a local affiliate of the Virginia State Reading Association. Our mission is to promote literacy and literacy education in the Northern Virginia region. If you would like the member rate for registration, please consider becoming a member of GWRC. Please visit to join! Please contact for questions regarding conference registration.